The tallest bridge in Vietnam
Kota Kinabalu to get Skytrain that will link airport to centre, completion of Merdeka 118 tower spire, Phuket Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit plan, and more construction and transport news in SE Asia
Greetings from Bangkok! I’ve just arrived at a hotel to do one night of quarantine, and hopefully, I will get the all-clear tomorrow. When I left Vietnam in August I wasn’t sure if I was going to be back in Southeast Asia this year, so being back is a bonus. While some countries have opened up for travel, things have become complicated with the uncertainty of the Omicron variant. I will stay here for a month and try and cover as many stories as I can. There is a lot happening in Thailand, with the commuter rail fully operating out of Bang Sue Grand Station, and uproar over the planned closure of all railway services from Hua Lamphong Station. I will visit both stations and do a big construction report of the city.
While I am delighted to be back in Bangkok, it’s going to be a bummer to watch the news reports roll in this week about the opening of the China-Laos Railway and not being able to go. So close, yet so far. No doubt that next week’s news will be filled with reports of the opening day.
This week’s article if about Lao Cai Province in Vietnam. History buffs would know it for being the one of the theatres of the brief Sino-Vietnamese War in 1979. These days it is most famous for the tourism hotspot of Sa Pa. There is a new viaduct near Sa Pa that will be the tallest bridge in Vietnam when completed this month. I started reading about it, and next thing you know I went down a rabbit hole to find out what else is going on there. I visited Sa Pa last year, and my trip report gives an idea of why Sa Pa has become known as an overtourism hotspot.
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